Approaching an Understanding of Arts and Cultural Managers as Intercultural Brokers

Our current context of internationalisation, globalisation, and the increasing global migration presents challenges and opportunities for the arts and cultural sector. With creative and aesthetic expressions inherently reflective of cultural ideas, knowledge and values, arts and cultural managers have a significant role to play in directing, administering and mediating intercultural understanding. This refers to the ability to know, accept, value, and empathise with alternative perspectives and perceptions of the world.

By Victoria Durrer, Ina Ross and Raphaela Henze

Management Topic: Education & Development
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Jan 04, 2017

The A to Z of Arts Management - Upward Management

For years I’ve been an arts manager, an arts board member and an occasional arts management academic. And although there are some great arts management books to both learn from and teach with, they only seldom combine theory and practice, insights of success and failure, and story telling to help people understand how to do their job better. In this series, I introduce a selection of neglected aspects and competencies from my book “The A to Z of Arts Management”. This final chapter is about how leaders in the arts can upwardly manage stakeholders with a powerful impact on their work, and enable staff to upwardly manage their bosses as well.

Management Topic: Organisation & Leadership
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Dec 21, 2016

CfP: The State of the Art in Creative Tourism

The conference "The State of the Art in Creative Tourism. Leading Research | Advanced Practices | Future Trajectories" will take place 1-2 June 2017 in Coimbra. Creative tourism offers visitors the opportunity to develop their creative potential through participation in learning experiences that are characteristic of their travel destination, to deepen contact with the local culture and to being involved in the creative life of the destination. This approach allows the destination communities and regions to benefit from significant advantages, and enables artistic and other creative activities to play a driving role in broader socio-economic development. The conference has the aim to bring together leading creative tourism researchers with networks and practitioners to the state of the art within creative tourism research and practice. What are the leading trends and contextualizing influences today? What are the key questions and issues to be addressed going forward? The conference further wants to inform about the creative tourism network CREATOUR focusing on small cities and rural areas of Portugal. Deadline for proposals is February 14, 2017. 

CfP: Vienna Music Business Research Days 2017

The 8th Vienna Music Business Research Days will be held at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria, from September 12 to 14, 2017. This interdisciplinary conference on “Unchaining the Digital Music Business” calls for methodological multiplicity and is open to scholars from all scientific areas. The conference organizers invite scholars who have a research focus on music business/industry related topics to submit a paper proposal by March 31, 2017.

Management Topic: Education & Development
Cultural Area: Music+Concert
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Dec 12, 2016

Report: NEMO Annual Conference 2016. Letís make museums great again!

This year’s Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) conference took place November 10 – 12 at Baden State Museum in Karlsruhe, Germany. 160 Participants from 36 countries came together to exchange about promising approaches on „Money Matters: The Economic Value of Museums”. Only a few of them dealt with new funding opportunities in the first place. Instead, the conference opened new perspectives on measurement, cooperation and communication as premisses for a better and long-term financial coverage. 

Management Topic: Financing & Sponsorship
Cultural Area: Museum+Visual Arts
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Dec 08, 2016

Announcement: Winners of YAJA - Young Art Journalism Awards 2016 & opening for entries 2017

The winners of the first YAJA edition in 2016 have been announced. YAJA is a project by Art News Portal to foster art journalism among journalism and creative art students worldwide. Themed "Contemporary art and culture captured by emerging journalists and creatives", YAJA gives students who found their love for journalism the opportunity to showcase their talent in capturing art and culture in a creative way. Interested? Entries for 2017 are already open. All entries will be published on, including social channels and eNewsletter.

Management Topic: Miscellaneous
Cultural Area: Literature+Media
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Dec 05, 2016

Arts Management Quarterly No 125: Cooperation and Collaboration in Arts Management

The days of the lonesome artistic genius are already over for a long time. No one working in arts and culture would honestly assume that a creative process can prosper mostly in solitude. Instead, creativity and cooperation respectively collaboration accompany each other. This is also true because arts and cultural processes occur in social contexts and therefore always interact with social groups, whether it be producers, audiences, employees of institutions, sponsors, buyers and so on. Surprisingly for many, the same applies to management. And this is what makes the current issue of Arts Management Quarterly on "cooperation and collaboration" so promising.

Management Topic: Organisation & Leadership
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Nov 30, 2016

CfP: Museum Ideas 2017 - share pioneering ideas

The Museum Ideas conference explores the future of museums in the era of participatory culture and exists to share pioneering ideas and spark transformative change. The sixth annual conference will take place in early October 2017 in London. The conference organisers are particularly interested in new digital initiatives, public engagement, participatory practice and social impact. 

Management Topic: Miscellaneous
Cultural Area: Museum+Visual Arts
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Nov 23, 2016

Conference review: ENCATC Annual Conference on Cultural Management Education in Risk Societies

The 24th ENCATC Annual Conference "Cultural Management Education in Risk Societies - Towards a Paradigm and Policy Shift?!” took place in Valencia, Spain, from 5–7 October, 2016. The event brought together about 160 academics, researchers and professionals from the cultural sector, policy makers, artists and students from over 30 countries. And with a more focused and application oriented program their debates about the new paradigm needed for cultural management and policy to face today’s risk societies could have in fact been very fruitful and inspiring.

Management Topic: Education & Development
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Nov 22, 2016

Book preview: Introduction to International Arts Management by Raphaela Henze

"Introduction to International Arts Management", the first book published on this topic in German, deals with the reactions of arts managers in more than 45 countries around the world to globalization and illustrates how arts organizations strive to internationalize not only to increase competitiveness, but also to reach out to an increasingly diverse audience and bring the potential and talent that is inherent in this diversity to the forefront. "Introduction to International Arts Management" strongly advocates for more international transfer and for interdisciplinary networks of academics and practitioners to foster critical discourse about arts management practice and to develop sustainable strategies to deal with increasingly diverse societies. 

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Nov 14, 2016
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